Erik ten Hag reacts to Manchester United's 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa

Erik ten Hag has labelled Manchester United’s start to the first and second half as “unacceptable” following our 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa at Villa Park this afternoon.

With Villa Park rocking with new boss Unai Emery taking his first game in charge of the Villains, the home side were always going to come flying out the blocks such is the buzz a new manager brings.

But the Red Devils were very much architects of their own downfall and gave Villa the perfect opportunity to grow in confidence and to both feed off the crowd and keep their supporters engaged.

It was a sloppy and lacklustre performance by the twenty-time league champions, which was epitomised by us being 2-0 down after 11 minutes.

Erik ten Hag reacts to Manchester United’s 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa

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With Luke Shaw’s deflected effort reducing the deficit on the stroke of half-time, it was hoped that Ten Hag’s men would come flying out the blocks in the second half and go on to complete a memorable comeback.

But within four minutes of the second half starting, Jacob Ramsey restored Villa’s two-goal lead and United didn’t really threaten to get back into the game.

Giving his immediate reaction to the game, Ten Hag was irked by his side’s capitulation and our inability to start either half on the front foot.

Speaking via BBC Sport, Ten Hag said: “We lose the game start of the first half and second half, that is unacceptable. They looked more fresh, more ready.

“After a long time this has happened, I said it was up to us. We didn’t keep the ball, we didn’t get the right organisation, didn’t follow the rules and lost battles.

“The result is clear, it never lies. In football you always get your own earnings. Today we were not good enough.

“Our players have experience, you have to read the game, get the right organisation and not concede two goals. That was totally unnecessary. You have to be compact and stand on the ball.

“Everyone has to win their own battles, we didn’t, that is disappointing.”

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